Benefits: Salmon is full of heart-protective omega-3 fats, and brown rice is a delicious source of whole grains and fiber. Asparagus contains fiber as well as folate, which may help lower your risk of heart disease.
10. Garlicky Broccoli Pasta: Hearty and Heart-Warming
Garlic, 1 head, with cloves peeled and finely chopped
Broccoli, 1 head, chopped into bite-size pieces
Whole-wheat linguini or spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
Sauté garlic (as much as you’d like) in a little olive oil. Meanwhile, steam broccoli lightly, and then sauté it briefly with the toasted garlic. Add red pepper flakes if you like a little heat. Toss the mixture with whole-wheat pasta. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and serve.
Benefits: Broccoli has fiber and a compound called sulfurophane, which may help keep blood vessels healthy. Garlic helps reduce inflammation in your body. And whole-wheat pasta is a tasty source of heart-healthy fiber.
11. Skinny Hot Cocoa: An After Dinner Chocolate Fix
Vanilla almond milk, 6 ounces
1 or 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
Heat almond milk gently in a small saucepan, stirring in cocoa powder. (Be sure to dissolve any lumps.) Pour into a mug and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Benefits: Cocoa powder contains plant chemicals that helps keep blood vessels healthy and blood pressure low. Almond milk has antioxidants that help protect your heart, without any of the saturated fat found in regular milk.